Unfortunately, getting pregnant may seem like an impossible task for some, with 1 in 6 people in the UK struggling with fertility issues. This can lead to stress and emotional issues for many, making the chances of getting pregnant slimmer.
I was so scared about the possibilities of bringing a child into this world and how I would cope as a parent. What kind mum did I want to be? How would I parent? Would I try and breastfeed? I found all the information from parenting books, NCT antenatal groups and other people's advice overwhelming and confusing.
For many individual's procreation is simply the result of sexual intercourse. However, this has not always been the case throughout the course of history. In ancient times it was believed procreation was controlled by certain rituals and spirits.
As a whole, we are living longer and we are healthier than any generation before us. However, unfortunately this is leading women into a false sense of security by thinking their eggs are healthy, therefore leaving motherhood later. The truth is at 35 a woman's fertility begins to decline with her fertility having almost halved by the time she reaches 40
Now evidence shows that the food a pregnant woman chooses to eat, herself, may impact her future child's behaviour. A recent study of over 300 children, who have been extensively researched over 16 years, has suggested that those with ADHD (attention and behavioural problems) were more likely to have been born to mothers who had a poor diet in pregnancy.
I was kind of hoping it might be twins, if only for the headline "Geri-hat-trick!" though that would of course, have raised the issue of IVF and that's a whole other can of worms to open up (again!)
Like all mums-to-be, I have worried about the health of my baby during this pregnancy, and my last, so I understand it can be difficult to know what health precautions are the right ones to take, especially when so much information is being offered to you.
Now we have the internet and one press of "return" on a search engine can bring up all manner of first-hand horror experiences and second-rate advice from women who have watched the box set of Call the Midwife and now consider themselves an armchair Chummy Browne.
Looking back, I was really scared; I didn't want to hear the word 'SIDS'. And besides, I'd been told that it wouldn't happen, so I didn't see the point in worrying myself. I quickly put it to the back of my mind and told myself it would never happen to families like mine.
Some campaigners fear that the implementation of NIPT on the NHS will lead to an increase of terminations of babies with Down syndrome. I would like to address those concerns, and offer up the perspective of a medical practitioner on the ongoing debate.
After half an hour the midwife calls for another midwife who brings the big white scan machine on wheels. They put the cold jelly on your enlarged pregnant stomach and start scanning. There's your baby on the screen, but no smiles. No cooing. Just silence.
So this post is my top ten of what I'd tell my pregnant self, if I could. I know loads of people would say 'make the most of every moment' but it's not that sort of list. I'm a more practical person! I also know everyone will have a different list, this is just mine. What would be on yours?!